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PostSubject: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:37 pm

Here is a quick and easy guide to breeding/spawning your Ancistrus Pleco....

From the beginning......

Tank setup has to be spot on......
You will need an aquarium no smaller than 60 Litre's for just one pair, the more bristlenose plecs you add the more litre's you will need..

The tank must be well cycled and well established to house your plecs...

Constant PH and water Test's will ensure you have a safe aquarium...

PH level's will need to be between 5.8 and 7.2 i keep mine at 7.0 which works perfect.....

Temperature of the water for a bristlenose plec should be between 23-27 degree's Celcius...

Breeding temperature of my tank is set at 26.5 no higer no lower......

You will need to select the correct cave's for the job which is very important, there are lots on the market that will do the job...

Ie...Slate Caves, home made caves such as plant pots cut in half..small orniments with holes in them...

Cave size is also very important and depends on the size of your bristlenose, to pick the correct cave you first need to know the size of your bristlenose so lets say he is 4 inches long and an inch wide i would then get a cave that measure's 2inch high x 2inch wide x 6inch long..

So that there is just enough space to fit him and another bristlenose his size in there...a nice snug tight fit is what you are looking for...

Bristlenose Selection......

Selecting your bristlenose plec is also important espeicially getting the sex right...

Males are larger than females and have bristles running up his snout/nose and around his lip...

Female's only grow bristle's around their lips and never up the nose/snout and in some cases they grow no bristle's atol which is perfectly normal..

Here is a common male albino ( Note the bristle's).


And here is a common brown Female.( No Bristles atol).


So make sure you have one of each to begin with or 1 male and 2 female's.....never 2 males and 1 female....

Males can be fully mature and ready to breed at around the 3 inch mark as does the female......

Another side note to think about is when you select your bristlenose pair make sure they are from UNRELATED PARENTS otherwise you will have problems with the fry due to bad genetics.....

So now you have your tank setup and your bristlenose pair in there what do you do next?????

Sometimes the spawning process can take place by itself without you lifting a finger and other times it takes weeks or even months of water changes and feeding to get this right....

Here's what i do.....

I keep the temperature warmer than normal say 27'C......
I then begin to fatten the female up over a period of 3-5 weeks untill she has a big plump round belly and it turns a reddish/yellowish colour...

During this time you will notice your male has decided to stake a cave out and he may have been in there for a week already..(this is normal)...

I then drop the temperature to 26'C and start doing partial coldwater changes everyday....20% of your tanks water will do fine....

This then simulates a rainy season and due to doing the water change with coldwater it also drops the temperature in the tank...

As bristlenose plecs in the wild are said to spawn like crazy in the rainy season's in the rivers were they are from then why not immatate it!!..

If you are succesfull after a few days of water changes you should notice your female as gone into the males cave with him...
This is were she will lay her eggs for the male to fertilise..this generally takes a few hours but the whole spawning process can take up to 2 days sometimes so a little patience is needed.....

If they have been sucessful you will see the female emerge from the cave with a flat ot sunken stomach, if you have been watching her during the fattning up process then you will see the change instantly....she will then head off to lick her wounds and become very greedy again for another 3-5 weeks or in my case just 3 weeks....

Here is a pic of the female (Gravid) Before Birth..

And after she has laid her eggs she will look like this....

This is were the male does his job, the female plays no further part in bringing up the fry or watching the eggs...its all left to the male...
Another sign that they have spawned is when your male is fanning away like mad in his cave either face first into the cave or the other way around he will use all his fins to fan the eggs which provides oxygen for the eggs which is vital...

He should fan away without eating for around 2 weeks, you may see the odd tareaway sneaking out now and again but the majority of the young will remain in his care for around 2 weeks....

This is also when you male can become agressive towards any other tankmate...he will defend that cave for his life and even big fish wont stand a chance when he's fanning......

Now and again males can Kick the eggs out his cave, sometimes because its his first time and he doesnt no what do with them and other times because they are fussy.........

So have yourself a frysaver handy in case this happens, with a spare pump and air-stone and supply the fry saver with its own oxygen supply(O2)..
If any eggs turn white and loose their orange colour then remove the white eggs As soon as poss as they will be in-fertile and could damage your orange fertile eggs...

Once your wrigglers are out and about then feed a diet of Courgette/Zucchini and Algea wafer's...

They will be ready for moving on to another aquarium or selling around the 4 CM mark......

Thats pretty much the whole process.......

Thanks for reading and good luck trying....

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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:44 pm

Thanks Bro!! I was curious on that one. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:43 pm

a great post curby Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:16 pm

Great post Curby , might even help slow down on the repeated same question asking.
Good Job
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:25 am

Kurosaki J wrote:
Great post Curby , might even help slow down on the repeated same question asking.
Good Job
cheers J

Guilty! Embarassed lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:35 am

well after looking around i realised we didnt have any simple terms for new members who want to learn....

Hope it comes in usefull... Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:27 am

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well after looking around i realised we didnt have any simple terms for new members who want to learn....

Hope it comes in usefull... Smile

Lol..it is!! Crib notes for BNs cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:03 pm

Excellent reading there, I am hoping to breed my bristlenoses this year, that is if I have a pair! one question I'd like to ask is can the female stay in the tank with the male once the eggs have been laid or should she be removed? will he harm her if she stays or is she likely to eat the eggs? sorry for all the questions I am inexperienced when it comes to bristlenoses, siamese fighters is where my experience is at present Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:36 pm

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Excellent reading there, I am hoping to breed my bristlenoses this year, that is if I have a pair! one question I'd like to ask is can the female stay in the tank with the male once the eggs have been laid or should she be removed? will he harm her if she stays or is she likely to eat the eggs? sorry for all the questions I am inexperienced when it comes to bristlenoses, siamese fighters is where my experience is at present Laughing

ask away mate thats why were here,........

do not worry about your female she will get no were near the eggs the male will make sure of that....its perfectly normal to leave the female in there with the eggs and the male as she will not be interestid in his cave for at least another 3-5 weeks,,,so your eggs will be just fine... Nice one

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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:00 am

Great! thanks Very Happy
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PostSubject: 100 percent informative   Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:45 am

Great post, i will be posting to my friends the address of the site...
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:19 am

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Great post, i will be posting to my friends the address of the site...

bring them all here the more the merrier... Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: will do   Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:21 am

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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:23 am

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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Fri May 07, 2010 11:02 pm

hi my tank is at a pH of 8-8.5 that's just how my tap water is. i tried peat filtration but the pH plumetted to 6 virtuly overnight. i want to breed them and i want to get it setup up right. i am willing to give them there own tank. also iv read a pH under 7 and the biological filler stops working is this correct.

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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Sat May 08, 2010 12:03 pm

Add some extra bogwood and your PH should lower,,,,,its needs to be around the 7.0 mark....8.5 is quite high for your average BN...

As for the filtration issue wait untill deano replies he's the expert on that sort of stuff.... Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Sat May 08, 2010 12:11 pm

what about when i water change wont it bring it straight back up. ps i have a huge great lump of mapaloni wood in there (i think thats what its called)
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Sat May 08, 2010 12:15 pm

have a good read of this post mate...

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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:44 pm

I am hoping you can help me to help my son with his endevers to look after and breed bristlenosed plecs. We have found lots of helpful info but your website looks by far the best . He has a 100 litres tank and i would like to know if he can have two pairs in it , or one male and two females.We have removed all the other tropical fish so they will have the tank to themselves. It is full of bogwood and has a couple of slate caves.
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:20 pm

a trio will be fine in there mate. Once they start they dont seem to stop. Since mine bred for me I have been adicted to them. By far my favourite fish now. They are fascinating to watch especially the young uns.

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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:47 am

joshplecs wrote:
I am hoping you can help me to help my son with his endevers to look after and breed bristlenosed plecs. We have found lots of helpful info but your website looks by far the best . He has a 100 litres tank and i would like to know if he can have two pairs in it , or one male and two females.We have removed all the other tropical fish so they will have the tank to themselves. It is full of bogwood and has a couple of slate caves.

hi mate
stick to a pair or a trio for best results in a 100ltr tank. once they start breeding you will soon be over run with them.
and will soon need a rearing tank for all youre fry.
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:32 am

Thanks. Josh will not mind being overun as long as we can find a home for them all lol . How long can you leave the fry in the big tank with their parents ?
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:00 pm

they will be fine in there with the parents although they will grow better split into grow on tanks
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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:18 pm

joshplecs wrote:
Thanks. Josh will not mind being overun as long as we can find a home for them all lol . How long can you leave the fry in the big tank with their parents ?

youre local fish store will take them of you.
the fry can stay in the same tank as long as you want them too. if you are going to leave them in the same tank. you will need more fillteration and do regular water changes and just keep an eye on the water parameters.
i would invest in another tank though if you are going to be breeding bristlenoses. when the parents are in tip top condition their going to be breeding about every 3 to 4 weeks. when these breeders are fully mature they will be laying well over 100 eggs at a time.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARND lol! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Breeding The Bristlenose Pleco..   Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:56 pm

Right ok thankyou! Smile Wat have i let myself in for in lol. Wat is the smallest sized tank that i can put a breeding pair of bristlenoses in?
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